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Buddhism:A Concise Introduction
Author Novak, Philip ; Smith, Huston
PublisherHarper SanFrancisco; (December 1, 2004)
Content type書籍=Book
Keyword佛教史=Buddhist History; 佛教教義=Buddhist Doctrines=Buddhist Teachings; 現代佛教=近代佛教=Contemporary Buddhism; 美國佛教=American Buddhism;
AbstractGoing well beyond the masterful presentationof Buddhism in the bestselling The World's Religions, Huston Smith and
his premier student Philip Novak offer an expert, contemporary, yet highly readable and incisive guide to the heart of this
vibrantly diverse and rapidly growing tradition, one that has an increasing presence and importance on the American scene.
Smith is universally regarded as the leading authority on the world's religious traditions, and Novak is an award-winning
professor of world religions and a Buddhist practitioner immersed in the contemporary worlds of American and Asian Buddhism.

Smith and Novak respectfully cover the essential teachings, practices, and historical development of Buddhism in all its
rich variety. Beginning with the life and legend of the Buddha, Buddhism explores core Buddhist doctrines such as the Four
Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, nirvana, and emptiness. The authors go on to discuss the split between Theravada and
Mahayana Buddhism, the continued divisions of Mahayana into Pure Land, Zen, and Tibetan Buddhism, and the confluence of
Hinduism and Buddhism in India. The second half of the book follows the global migration of Buddhism and its continuing
diversification and development in the West, especially in America. This compelling work by two great scholars -- a legendary teacher and his long-time student and colleague -- is the most insightful, up-to-date, and accessible introduction
to this great and immensely appealing religious tradition available today.
ISBN0060730676 (pbk)
Created date2003.12.31

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